California Department of Transportation District 11 & San Diego & Imperial Counties Caltrans Info Edge

District 11

Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010

Contact: Media Information Officer Edward Cartagena

Phone: (619) 688-6670

Caltrans Reminds Candidates Campaign Signs Are Hazards On Freeways

SAN DIEGO – Election Day is less than a month away and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) wants to remind candidates that posting campaign signs on state highway property can create unsafe situations.

“Campaign signs can pose a danger to motorists,” said Caltrans District Director Laurie Berman.  “These signs are sometimes posted over highway warning signs or in places that obstruct the driver’s clear vision of what’s up ahead.  It’s also unsafe for campaign workers to be that close to traffic.”

Berman added that removing campaign signs takes highway workers away from performing other critical duties such as repairs of the roadway.  Of course, she said, when the work is assigned, safety issues are always given the highest priority.

Caltrans keeps the removed campaign signs, some costing several hundred dollars, at its local maintenance yards for up to two weeks if candidates wish to reclaim.  After that, all signs go to the dump.  Berman said a lot of money on both sides can be saved and unnecessary risks avoided if these signs are not posted on state highway property.

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